During today’s briefing Governor Murphy urged residents to get tested this weekend for COVID-19. There are now 208 testing sites across the state to get tested including local urgent care and pharmacy locations. “This weekend make a plan, get tested. Do it for yourself, do it for your family, do it for your community.”, Murphy stated.
Currently, there are viral and antibody tests available for COVID-19 detection. A viral test will inform residents of their current infection status while the antibody tests provides insight into previous infection. According to the CDC, “it can take 1-3 weeks after infection to make antibodies.”
Judy Persichelli, Commissioner of the Department of Health, urges residents to get a diagnostic test rather than an anti-body tests. “Diagnostic tests detect whether you currently have the virus. This information is vitally important for appropriate public health actions to be taken. In addition, this type of test provides insight into the amount of disease burden currently circulating in our communities.” The type of data gleaned from diagnostic tests results will be used to ease restrictions and reopen the state.
Today’s reopening announcement included resumption of child care, non-contact organized sports and youth day camps. Child care centers can reopen on 6/15. Non-contact organized sports activities can restart on 6/22 and youth day camps, including municipal summer rec programs, can begin again on 7/6.
A list of testing sites in the state case be found by visiting New Jersey’s COVID-19 information hub: https://covid19.nj.gov/